Title IX

Responsible Employees

Responsible Employees at Evergreen

All staff and faculty of The Evergreen State College, including resident assistants, are required to promptly report to a designated college official information they have about possible sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, including but not limited to sexual assault, domestic or dating violence, and stalking.  The following employees are not considered responsible employees: staff of the Office of Sexual Violence Prevention, the Counseling Center, and the Health Center; and temporary hourly employees.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 defines "responsible employees" as those employees who:

  • have the authority to take action to redress harassment;
  • have the duty to report to appropriate school officials sexual harassment or any other misconduct by students or employees; or who
  • a student could reasonably believe had this authority or responsibility.

What is expected of Responsible Employees?

  • In a safety or health emergency, call 911 or campus police.
  • When someone tells you they are experiencing behaviors that might be sexual harassment or sexual misconduct, inform them that you have an obligation to report the information as soon as possible.
  • Refer the affected party to support resources. (See Report an Incident and Confidential Assistance).
  • Immediately forward information about possible sexual harassment or sexual misconduct to an appropriate college official.
  • Maintain confidentiality, which means don't share the information with parties other than the designated college officials, except as authorized by those officials.

Guidance for Responsible Employees

  • The Guide for Responsible Employees instructs in the best practices and actions required by the college policy and federal Title IX regulations, including:
    • How to respond to a student or employee who shares information about possible sexual harassment or sexual misconduct.
    • Sources of information about confidential advice, medical assistance, advocacy and/or support services, and reporting resources for affected persons.
    • When, what, and where to report information about possible sexual harassment or sexual misconduct.
    • Names and contact information for College officials for reporting and/or information.

A print copy of the guide is provided to every employee and an electronic copy is available here.

  • Knowing Your Rights and Options is a college publication responsible employees can use when referring an affected person to support services or reporting officials.  It contains information about confidential medical, counseling, and advocacy resources, and reporting options for affected persons.  It also provides information about the affected persons rights and college investigation procedures.
  • The Sexual Harassment and Sexual Misconduct policy provides definitions of prohibited conduct, defines "responsible employees" and outlines their obligations under the policy.
  • Ending Sexual Violence on Campus is an online training course all employees are required to complete.  It provides important fundamentals, including the definitions of various forms of illegal behavior, warning signs, strategies for prevention and bystander intervention, and the role of the responsible employee.
  • Face-to-face Q&A - Officials involved in providing assistance to affected parties and those involved in adjudicating complaints provide answers to questions about the college's responds mechanisms and supports.